41 days in Australia Itinerary

41 days in Australia Itinerary

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41 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  28​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
4
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
6
Katoomba
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Toronto

4
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner .

Toronto, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Toronto to Cairns. Traveling from Toronto in December, expect Cairns to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Cape Tribulation (Cape Tribulation Beach & Myall Beach). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, stop by With Sugar, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

Discover how to plan a Port Douglas trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Perth holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January; daily highs in Perth reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fremantle Prison, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne to go to Torquay and see The Great Ocean Road, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in January, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Katoomba: Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, learn about winemaking at Megalong Creek Estate, and admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Katoomba trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Katoomba when traveling from Melbourne in January, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, The National Pass, Megalong Creek Estate, Bilpin Cider Company
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Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

6
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and stroll through Manly Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip builder tool .

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Lord Howe Island is known for beaches, trails, nature, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Ned's Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island vacation planner.

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

4
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Venture out of the city with trips to SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba) and MaisyMoo (in Caloundra). The adventure continues: stroll around South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Brisbane travel planner .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Brisbane are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

SunJet Simulations, MaisyMoo
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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